Road-based Commercial Tour CUA Information

Mount Rainier National Park does not require Road-based Commercial Tours to have a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA). It will follow National Park Service guidance as to when the CUA will be offered. This CUA will be centrally managed with more up to date information available at the national Commercial Use Authorizations web page.

The definition of a "Road-based Commercial Tour" is one or more persons traveling by vehicle on an improved roadway:

  • On an itinerary that someone has packaged and sold for leisure/recreational purposes, and which,

  • Provides no other services except those incidental to road-based travel in an area unit of the National Park System (on-board interpretation and incidental stops at visitor centers, restaurants, wayside exhibits, etc.).

Note: Transportation-only services such as taxis and shuttles do not meet the definition of Road-based Commercial Tours because those services are not prepackaged.

 

Who Needs to Apply?

The responsibility for obtaining a Road-based Commercial Tour CUA falls on the company that packaged, priced, and sold the tour.

  1. A tour company that owns or rents vehicles and provides road-based commercial tours to passengers aboard those vehicles in a national park must apply for a CUA.
  2. A tour company that uses a chartered transportation service to provide road-based tours at Mount Rainier National Park also needs a CUA. Chartered transportation service is defined as exclusive use of a bus/van and driver for a negotiated price at the request of a third party. The chartered transportation company does not need a CUA if the tour company determines the origin, destination, and scheduling of the trip. The tour company ensures the charter vehicle company meets the road-based commercial tour CUA commercial vehicle insurance and license requirements by agreeing to CUA conditions and signing the CUA application and authorization.
  3. A charter company advertising tours to national parks must apply for a CUA. However, a charter company does not need a Road-based Commercial Tour CUA if the tour company determines the origin, destination, and scheduling of the trip.
  4. If a Road-based Commercial Tour CUA holder wants to conduct guided day hikes within 1 mile of the vehicle, as part of the road-based tour, no additional activity CUA is needed. If a Road-based Commercial Tour CUA holder wants to conduct day hikes beyond 1 mile from the vehicle, then an additional guiding CUA is needed. Please visit the Commercial Services page for a list of guiding CUAs. If a Road-based Commercial Tour CUA holder wants to camp in one of the park’s campgrounds, then a Drive-in Campground CUA is needed.


Questions? Please send an email to mora_commercial_services@nps.gov

Last updated: March 17, 2020

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